Britain’s Ian Stannard was a professional for 14 several years, taking 7 wins and doing a massive total of work on the entrance of the peloton for his leaders in Grand Tours, but has announced that he has been compelled to retire at the age of 33 soon after developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Stannard begun his vocation in 2006 but took his major benefits in a Team Sky jersey, now Ineos Grenadiers a group he joined at their inception in 2010.
His initial career gain came in 2011 at the Tour of Austria on phase five of the race, but he experienced to wait around nearly a yr for his following acquire, which was the road race title at the British National Championships.
Just after that he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad two a long time jogging, with 2015 being his most famed of victories, beating a few Rapid-Stage riders, Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenburgh, to the line versus the odds.
We choose a seem back again via the lens at some of Stannard’s occupation highlights.
Stannard’s 1st win arrived in the condition of a workforce time demo at the 2010 Tour of Qatar, this was Sky Procycling’s 2nd-ever acquire. The group would go on to choose 22 wins in their debut season.
A handful of months later, Stannard managed to just take 3rd at the semi-Basic, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The conditions were being horrific and only 26 riders completed.
The race was fought out involving Stannard and two Dutchmen, Rick Flens, who was riding for Rabobank, and the winner on the day, Bobbie Traksel, who rode for Vacansoleil.
Stannard remembers the race currently as “the worst ailments I have still ever raced in.”
Stannard’s initially person victory arrived in the 2011 Tour of Austria wherever he defeat Gatis Smukulis, Stefan Denifl, Grégory Rast and Yannick Eijssen from a break. Right here he is driving in that year’s Ghent-Wevelgem.
His next acquire came in the condition of the British Countrywide Championship street race title in 2012, which he received by over a moment to his then workforce-mate, Alex Dowsett with Russel Hampton of Raleigh-GAC having third in Ampelforth.
The Essex-man was then picked to try out and assist Mark Cavendish in securing a street race gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics. The GB crew unsuccessful to do as Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) took the win from a 26 man breakaway.
Sky, now Ineos Grenadiers, have develop into the dominant pressure in Grand Tours, and Stannard was a crucial aspect in that, supporting Chris Froome to five of his seven Grand Tour wins, like at the 2013 Tour de France (pictured).
Stannard then at last arrived excellent in the Classics right after a quantity of reliable outcomes when he conquer Greg Van Avermaet, now of CCC Staff, in a two-up sprint to the line at the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with group-mate, Edvald Boasson Hagen taking third.
Then arrived 2015 and Stannard’s most well known acquire. Up from three Omega-Pharma – Quick-Stage riders in the form of Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh, Stannard managed to steal victory soon after using two off the wheel and beating Terpstra in the dash.
In 2015, Stannard arrived tantalisingly shut to a Monument acquire when he took 3rd in Paris-Roubaix guiding Mat Hayman and Tom Boonen.
He didn’t get as shut to profitable the ‘Hell of the North’ once more, which was surprising as it suited his attributes perfectly.
He rode in guidance of Froome as perfectly as Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates in the Rio 2016 Olympics highway race but Workforce GB again missed out on gold with Thomas finishing 11th, Froome 12th and Yates 15th as Van Avermaet gained.
2016 ongoing to throw up accomplishment for Stannard even though, with his initially acquire at the Tour of Britain. He took the acquire from the split, as was typical for him, but went solo forward of Graham Briggs and Kristian House who sprinted for 2nd.
In 2017 Stannard won a phase earn from a late split at the Herald Solar Tour in which he managed to beat Aaron Gate and Taco van der Hoorn on the closing day of the race. His subsequent ideal final result that calendar year was a fourth area in the staff time trial at the Vuelta a España.
A calendar year later on and one more solo victory arrived at the Tour of Britain. All over again going solo from a split, Stannard won by just beneath a minute from powerhouse German rider, Nils Politt, and a few minutes forward of the rest of the split and four minutes to the peloton. This was Stannard’s very last profession victory.
Final calendar year, Stannard was in the team that were the to start with to race in Ineos colors at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, which was won by his workforce-mate, Chris Lawless immediately after he had set in yet a different really hard shift during the four times of racing.
Stannard’s last race came before this yr in the Tour of Poland exactly where he rode to try and support Richard Carapaz to overall victory just before Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck – Brief-Stage) went and took over-all victory with an astonishing solo trip.